Derbyshire is without a doubt, one of the most beautiful areas in the whole of England. In a way really, it is symbolic of the type of England people think about, when they imagine the living embodiment of the English countryside, and with good reason. Some of the most quintessentially English sites, real and fictional, call Derbyshire and the Peak District area home. The Western Dales, with its glorious opera house? That’s Derbyshire. The rolling hills of green which stretch on for an eternity? That’s Derbyshire. Pemberley, the home of one Fitzwilliam Darcy in Jane Austen’s immortal masterpiece Pride and Prejudice? Yes, Darcy fans—that’s Derbyshire again.
And in case that wasn’t enough for you, here are just a few more reasons to visit the Peak District area in Derbyshire.
A Day in the Country
Few countries venerate the countryside quite like the UK, and with good reason. The British countryside is some of the most beautiful in the world, and in case our aforementioned Austen reference didn’t give it away, it has likewise been home to and inspired some of the best works of literature and culture the British Isles have to offer. A day in the country in the Derbyshire area offers some of the greatest natural sights in Britain, from the rolling hills of the Bakewell area, to the lush green fields and creeks of the southern and eastern part of the area, and all in a part of the country which has been the setting for everything from the works of Austen to Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia. Nowhere are England’s “fields of green” any greener, and nowhere are they more flush with culture.
The England of Yore
Part of the reason we still prize works like Pride and Prejudice today is the fact that they offer a glimpse into a world gone by. The England of Yore still lives on in such works, but it’s nice to see them live on in reality as well, which is why places like Peak District holiday cottages make for such great vacation and tourist destinations. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of our technologically-driven lives, and step back a couple centuries in time to the England of long ago, all while enjoying the authentic style and comforts of a cottage which has been meticulously maintained to evoke the spirit of a past age. These cottages are located on prime real estate, some of the ‘peak’ areas of the Peak District, making them one of the most choice getaways in the area.
These cottages offer a nice blend of the old and new. Many of them are pet-friendly, and most offer Wi-Fi, so if you want to visit the past without giving up the creature comforts of the present, this is the place to do it. Add in everything from authentic architectural styles, to the lively little communities in which these holiday cottages are located, and you can practically feel yourself being swept away to a different world.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged” that holiday cottages this great go fast, so check out some of England’s great hidden treasures in Derbyshire today.